White Ash Wood Bowl

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Project by RobertJ posted 11-19-2011 06:13 PM 2729 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’d been eyeing these huge chunks of ash at my local firewood yard throughout the year but passed; the wood seemed so plain. This past Thursday I succumbed and, for $20, loaded several of the large pieces (photo) into my Explorer. I took my chain saw to one chunk and Friday night I turned and finished this tapered 11 3/4” x 5 3/8” bowl.

I used my unconventional techniques; no aging or drying of the wood (although I always TRY to find wood that’s been sitting in the firewood lot for some time and looks reasonably dry) and mounting the bowl for turning using a one-time faceplate screw mount at the bottom side of the bowl (photo) and turning both the exterior and interior without removing the blank.

To finish the bowl I sealed a couple small cracks with CA and sanded the bowl while spinning using a Makita right-angle drill and rounded edge sanding disks (80, 120, 150, 220). Hand sanded using higher grits then buffed with Tripoli, White Diamond, and Carnauba wax (outside). I used a 000 pad to rub walnut oil in the inside of the bowl. This was a one-night project start to finish.

Finally, a parting tool to the bottom, handsaw for final cut and belt sander to even out the bottom.

Why am I telling this to guys that know tons more than I do and make beautiful inlay or segmented bowls? Just presenting another perspective, sharing ideas.

-- RobertJ, Southern California

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#1 posted 11-19-2011 06:27 PM

I love your work; and never be intimidated into not telling your process! I Always wonder how other turners accomplished their ‘look.’ Thanks for posting.


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#2 posted 11-19-2011 11:50 PM

Robert some of my favourite piece come out of the fire box, these cragy old bits are a good illustration of how we should view our fellow man, ... whats on the inside… thats what counts. Nice job : ))

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#3 posted 11-20-2011 04:14 AM

Thanks for sharing.
I have been thinking about a lathe and like to see people share there knowledge about turning. I have been interested in your posts on how you keep your bowls from cracking.

-- Chuck

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#4 posted 11-20-2011 12:54 PM

Nice job. Every time i try to do that I just end up with smaller pieces of fire wood

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